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Posted: November 25, 2019|
The Warming Tray Under the Oven is the Hidden Gem of the Kitchen
Do you know if there's a warming tray under your oven? You may have one and not even know it! Most people use the tray under their ovens to store pots and pans, which is fine, but they're missing out. Those in the know consider it to be the hidden gem of the kitchen. Here are the 6 best ways you can make use of the warming tray under your oven.
Think about breakfast foods that you cook in batches like pancakes, French toast, sausages, and hash browns. You'll want to keep the batches you've cooked first warm as you continue to cook more food. Simply set your oven to 200 degrees and transfer your finished batches to an oven-safe dish or tray. Then slide it into the warming tray under the oven. When you're ready to sit down to eat, everything will be nice and warm.
The warming tray under your oven will be your best friend if you're hosting for the holidays. After any side dishes have finished cooking, place them in the warming tray while your roast, ham, or turkey continues to cook in the main part of the oven. This is perfect for mashed potatoes, vegetables, and stuffing. If you are going to have any of these side dishes in the warming tray for more than 20 minutes, make sure that the temperature is at least 140 degrees. If it's not, bump up the temperature of the main oven.
If you're having a dinner party, you can use the warming tray to keep desserts at the perfect temperature while you're enjoying the main course. Just slide the desserts in the warming tray and set the temperature to 200 degrees. Pies, brownies, even simple chocolate chip cookies will all taste a bit more decadent when served warm.
To keep foods warm while serving, consider using the warming tray for your plates. Ceramic plates, in particular, retain heat nicely. To warm plates for serving, stack them in the warming tray under the oven and set the temperature to 200 degrees. Remove the plates after 15 minutes. You'll be surprised at how consistently warm your food is throughout the meal. Even if you don't want to do this every day, it's a nice touch around the holidays or when you have guests over.
Some, but not all, warming trays under ovens have the capability to broil foods. This is ideal for roasting vegetables and can do a nice job with steaks and some fish as well. Obviously, you'll need to check with your owner's manual to see if your warming tray doubles as a broiler.
It's not the ideal use for your warming tray, but there's nothing wrong with storing muffin tins, baking trays, pots, and pans in the warming tray while the oven is not in use. Just be sure to remove the items before you turn on the oven and never store anything flammable inside.
If you've got a warming tray under your oven, then it's time to take full advantage of all it has to offer. If you are ready to upgrade to an oven with a warming tray, then stop by Reno's Appliance. We carry top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges from brands like Bosch, Wolf, GE, Amana, and Samsung. When it comes time for you to pick out a new range, stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.
Posted: November 18, 2019|
Reheating Thanksgiving Leftovers
It's pretty much universally accepted that the best part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers. Whether you've hosted the holiday feast or grandma packed up Thanksgiving leftovers for you to take home, you've got a long weekend ahead and plenty of delicious food to enjoy. If you reheat it properly, that is.
The fastest way to reheat Thanksgiving leftovers is your microwave, but it doesn't always yield the best results. Try these 6 reheating tips instead for the most flavorful Thanksgiving leftovers you've ever tasted.
- Turkey: A long, slow roast got your turkey onto the Thanksgiving table, so you should turn to your oven for the best reheating results. Start by preheating your oven to 300 degrees. Then, place turkey slices into a baking dish. Add a few pats of butter or a few spoonfuls of turkey stock to help retain moisture and enhance flavor. Cover the dish with foil and place it into the oven for 30 minutes until warmed through.
- Mashed Potatoes: The low-and-slow heat of the oven will recreate some superb spuds. Move the potatoes to a baking dish in an even layer. Add more cream, butter, and/or broth to the potatoes. (More moisture and fat are the two secret ingredients when reheating potatoes or any leftovers.) Cover the potatoes and place them alongside your turkey in the oven. They should both be ready to eat at the same time.
- Yams: Whether you call them yams or sweet potatoes, they are a Thanksgiving staple. Start by placing sliced yams on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet and slide them into a 300-degree oven. If you like marshmallows, then add them to the yams before placing them in the oven and they'll melt as the yams heat up. Your yams will be ready to eat in about 20 minutes.
- Stuffing: Perhaps everyone's favorite Thanksgiving leftover, this reheating method makes it taste better than the day it was made. Add some butter and broth to the bottom of a pan or skillet. Place it on the stovetop over low heat. Once the butter is melted, add the stuffing and start frying it up using a spatula. The bread will get crispy and the broth brings moisture back to bread that may have dried out. The method will make your stuffing taste even better than before.
- Gravy: Low and slow is the way to go when reheating gravy. Use a skillet rather than a pan because it will heat more evenly and gently. Start by adding cool gravy to a cold pan, then turn on the heat so it warms up evenly without scalding.
- Pie: Whether you prefer apple, pecan, or pumpkin pie, start by pre-heating your oven to 200 degrees. Then place the pie uncovered on a baking sheet and place in the oven. If the pie was in the refrigerator, it may take 20 minutes for it to become warm enough to eat. If it was at room temperature, then it will probably take about 10 minutes.
Bonus Reheating Tip: Get a Warming Drawer
You can simplify your Thanksgiving leftovers reheating experience by getting a warmer drawer. A warming drawer is a separate appliance that uses a low-heat setting to warm up food or keep just-cooked food warm and ready to eat for hours. The temperature levels on a warming drawer don't go very high, and most have humidity controls and timers so there's no risk of food burning, drying out, or getting soggy. All you have to do is place a plate of food into the drawer and you'll have a hot, tasty dish in no time. It's ideal for Thanksgiving leftovers, but you'll definitely use it throughout the year.
Reno's Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno's Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno's sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of appliances.
Posted: November 14, 2019|
Quality Kitchen Taps that Last
Whether you’re giving your kitchen a complete overhaul or simply updating the décor, installing a quality kitchen tap will definitely be part of the job. If it's been a while since you last shopped for a faucet, then we wanted to share some details about the most popular faucet styles available today that will last well into the next decade.
There was a rapid shift this year in most homeowners' faucet finish preferences. Gone are the more traditional styles of the last few years. Instead, we saw a rise in popularity of more contemporary silhouettes and finishes. For example, so-called "living" finishes started appearing in more homes. These are finishes such as rose gold, brushed brass, and gun metal that are untreated and therefore will develop patina over time as they're exposed to various elements.
Another new trend in quality kitchen taps is darker finishes. This trend towards darker faucet finishes is largely due to the rise in the popularity of black stainless-steel appliances in the past few years. Those who want a more fashion-forward look may consider a blend of two vibrant metal finishes together to render a subtle but striking transition from light to dark.
Some of the latest trends in faucets are centered on increased technology and innovative ways to incorporate technology into faucets. One popular trend in quality kitchen taps is hands-free or touch-free activation. This is an especially important feature for those who handle raw meat and want to be able to wash their hands without having to touch anything.
Eco-friendly technology will continue to be popular and like all new technologies, there's an app for that. For example, some faucet manufacturers have developed faucets that enable you to monitor water usage and the lifespan of your filter through a smartphone app.
Laminar technology is a nice faucet option to have as well. Laminar faucets emit water in a clear, solid stream for a smooth and silky feel and no splashing. It feels luxurious, but laminar-flow faucets still meet federal water flow standards.
One of the most common trends in quality kitchen taps is increased functionality. It's all about making it easier for us to use water in our daily lives. More and more faucets are incorporating options that allow you to toggle between needle spray and full spray. Some go beyond that to enable you to emit an ultra-powerful stream that eradicates tough messes, while at the same time reducing splatter. That way, you can spend less time on clean up and not have to change your shirt. Faucets that have the ability to swivel 360 degrees and dock easily with magnetic docking have become increasingly popular as well.
If you haven't bought a faucet in a long time, then you're probably not aware of all the cool new faucet features and designs out there. Reno's Appliance carries a large selection of kitchen faucets from industry-leading brands like Insinkerator, Franke, Rohl, and more. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection of quality kitchen taps.
Clean and Prevent Dishwasher Residue
Have you ever opened your dishwasher expecting to find sparkling clean dishes, but instead noticed a white residue on your dishes? There are different reasons why dishwasher residue might appear on your dishes. Fortunately, there are simple ways to clean and prevent dishwasher residue no matter what caused it.
Residue Reason #1: Hard Water
If you have hard water in your area, then some of the minerals in your water will certainly stay behind on your dishes after you run a wash cycle. You may not notice them at first, but over time, hard water deposits will build up in your dishwasher and you’ll start to see the white dishwasher residue.
Residue Remedy: Vinegar
Vinegar can do almost anything in the kitchen, so it’s no surprise that it’s our go-to solution for dishwasher residue. First, empty your dishwasher and start a regular wash cycle with no detergent. One the dishwasher has filled with water, open the dishwasher door and pour in 16 ounces of distilled white vinegar. Close the door and resume the cycle. The slightly acidic nature of the vinegar will break down the hard water deposits so they’ll be easier to wash away. The next time you do a load of dishes after this treatment, you shouldn’t see any dishwasher residue. Do this every few months to keep hard water build-up away.
Residue Reason #2: Detergent
If your dishwasher detergent doesn’t completely dissolve, then you’ll see white residue on your dishes in the form of undissolved soap.
Residue Remedy: Check the Hot Water Heater
Dishwasher detergent is designed to dissolve in hot temperatures. The temperature of the water coming into your dishwasher should be between 120 and 150-degrees Fahrenheit. If the water is any cooler, then the detergent will not dissolve properly and you’ll find white detergent residue on your dishes. First, check your hot water heater and make any adjustments, if necessary. If your water heater is set properly, then you’ll want to make sure that every wash starts with the hottest water possible. To do so, run the hot water on your kitchen sink until it gets as hot as possible, then start up the dishwasher. If you’re still seeing residue, then you may be using too much detergent, which is a common dishwasher mistake. Try using half the amount of detergent you usually use.
Residue Reason #3: Etching
If the dishwasher residue feels gritty to the touch, then it may be undissolved powdered detergent, which you can wash away by hand. The more common reason is something called etching. Etching occurs when tiny bits of soap powder scratch your dishes. If you run your finger along a dish that has etching, then it will feel gritty to the touch, almost as if there’s something on it. And if you run the dish under water and still feel it, then you know it’s a permanent problem.
Residue Remedy: Liquid Detergent
Unfortunately there’s no way to undo etching that’s already occurred, but you can prevent future etching damage by using a liquid detergent.
Use a Rinse Aid for Residue?
Another option for preventing dishwasher residue is to use a commercial rinse aid. Some people doubt their effectiveness, but rinse aids enable more water to rinse off your dishes. And the more water that runs off your dishes, the less chance for residue to get left behind.
Of course, the best way to get clean dishes is to start with a high-quality dishwasher. Reno’s Appliances is proud to carry an extensive inventory of world-class brands that are known for dependability and durability like Frigidaire, Bosch, and Whirlpool. Plus, we have portable dishwashers, which are perfect for small spaces. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.
Posted: November 04, 2019
Recap: Reno's Annual Pre-Holiday Networking Party
On Thursday, October 17th, 2019, Reno's Appliance held our Annual Pre-Holiday Networking Party in our designer showroom. For over a decade, this yearly celebration has gathered industry professionals from contracting, interior design, architecture, building, remodeling, kitchen design, and cabinetry.
This year's event featured live entertainment from magician John Ryan, music performed by Bonnerville and jazz standards from Nick Deluccia, conversation with Jeff Cioletti (author of Drink Like a Geek and SakePedia), and wonderful catering by Creativa Catering.
Additionally, you may already know that our President/CEO John Cioletti is a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Joseph's University Medical Center Foundation. Our event successfully raised $3,000 to benefit St. Joseph's Health, with Reno's Appliance delivering the check on Friday, November 1st, 2019.
We are grateful to everyone who attended, and we hope to see you at next year's Annual Pre-Holiday Networking Party!
John Cioletti of Reno's presenting check to St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation. Pictured with John is Patricia Paolucci and Mark Cantine of St. Joseph's.
Photo 1: Mary Brennan, John Cioletti, Diane Durocher, Sandy Cabelis
Photo 2: Tammy Murray, Victoria Reczkowski
Back row: Aaron Pell & John Gotti Jr. & Patti Davino & Kait Davino
Front Row: Elizabeth Balestier & Dorry Pavlak & Roberta Aiello, Nino Asani